diagram

noun
di·a·gram | \ˈdī-ə-ˌgram \

Definition of diagram 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a graphic design that explains rather than represents especially : a drawing that shows arrangement and relations (as of parts)

2 : a line drawing made for mathematical or scientific purposes

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\-ˌgramd \; diagramming or diagraming\-ˌgra-miŋ \

Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to represent by or put into the form of a diagram diagram a sentence diagram a football play

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Other Words from diagram

Noun

diagrammable \-ˌgra-mə-bəl \ adjective
diagrammatic \ˌdī-ə-grə-ˈma-tik \ or less commonly diagrammatical \-ˈma-ti-kəl \ adjective
diagrammatically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for diagram

Synonyms: Noun

figure, graphic, illustration, plate, visual

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Examples of diagram in a Sentence

Noun

a diagram of the nervous system This diagram shows how the clock operates.

Verb

The coach diagrammed the new play on the blackboard. The students were required to diagram a sentence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Before heading to the field during the middle of a warm afternoon, about 35 players had packed the classroom and jotted down diagrams of the plays in spiral notebooks. Charles Rich, latimes.com, "Hoover football puts on thinking caps for summer," 3 July 2018 Think of the dry, informative diagrams in your high school biology textbook. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A different sort of scan in ‘The Beautiful Brain’," 6 June 2018 Most visual learners did not rely heavily on visual strategies (e.g., diagrams, graphics), nor did most reading/writing learners rely predominantly on reading strategies (e.g., review of notes or textbook), and so on. Cindi May, Scientific American, "The Problem With “Learning Styles”," 29 May 2018 Go here to see maps and diagrams of how the rescue is unfolding. New York Times, "8 Saved, 5 to Go in Thai Cave Rescue," 9 July 2018 Surrounded by mathematical diagrams, she is shown with a copiously bleeding wound in her neck. Victoria Dalkey, sacbee, "Small pieces take on weighty topics at multimedia JayJay show," 14 June 2018 But the scientists hypothesize that seasonal temperature shifts cause methane buried under the planet's surface to seep into the atmosphere through cracks and fissures in the surface (see diagram below). David Freeman /, NBC News, "Mars rover Curiosity's new findings hailed as 'breakthroughs in astrobiology'," 7 June 2018 Alberto was indeed in that region of the diagrams from May 27 to 30 but is moving back toward something that’s more subtropical. Brian Mcnoldy, Washington Post, "It’s not every day you see a tropical depression over Indiana — but here it is," 30 May 2018 Let the genius UC Berkeley math professor Lisa Goldberg explain it even better with a bunch of diagrams! 4. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "5 Grade School Math Problems That Are So Hard, You'll Wonder How You Ever Made it To High School," 24 June 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is where Roberson started diagramming those rotations on the table. SI.com, "Breakaway: How Does an NBA Team Replace the Irreplaceable?," 7 Feb. 2018 Starting in November 2016, the yacht went on a whirlwind voyage, all of it on paper, in a feat of asset protection and financial engineering so elaborate that the judge diagramed it in an April ruling. David Segal, New York Times, "A Russian Oligarch’s $500 Million Yacht Is in the Middle of Britain’s Costliest Divorce," 6 June 2018 Johnson also spent plenty of time in the classroom, learning to better identify and diagram defenses on command. Tom Green, AL.com, "Take a behind-the-scenes look at former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson's pre-NFL Draft training," 25 Apr. 2018 The bookshelves are stuffed mostly with biographies, plus a coffee table tome diagramming Tour de France routes. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The Legend of Z: Zdeno Chara Remains Obsessed in His Pursuit of Outsized Excellence," 3 Apr. 2018 Scientists had diagrammed the somewhat smooth distributions of other tetrapods—vertebrates descended from the earliest four-limbed creatures. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Reptiles Are Concentrated in Specific Locations, Often Unprotected," 1 Apr. 2018 Some standard information, starting lineups, basic statistics and weather information bleed into a distribution chart that requires the scout to diagram each formation the team used, starting with the most preferential. Conor Orr, SI.com, "I Scouted the Patriots Using Steve Belichick’s Scouting Manual. Here’s What I Learned," 16 Jan. 2018 Arians has a blowup of the famous Time magazine cover of Bryant diagramming a play hanging in his office at the Cardinals' football facility. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Former Bear Bryant assistant Bruce Arians retires as Cardinals' all-time wins leader," 1 Jan. 2018 Over long, quiet days interspersed with cigarette breaks and black coffee, Galli diagramed connections on a digital whiteboard until his entire perception of the case changed. Liam Vaughan, Bloomberg.com, "He Stole $100 Million From His Clients. Now He’s Living in Luxury on the Côte d’Azur," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of diagram

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diagram

Noun

Greek diagramma, from diagraphein to mark out by lines, from dia- + graphein to write — more at carve

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The first known use of diagram was in 1619

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diagram

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing that explains or shows the parts of something

diagram

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

: to show or explain (something) in a diagram

diagram

noun
di·a·gram | \ˈdī-ə-ˌgram \

Kids Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing, plan, or chart that makes something clearer or easier to understand

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ˈdī-ə-ˌgramd \; diagramming or diagraming\-ˌgra-miŋ \

Kids Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in the form of a drawing, plan, or chart The coach diagrammed the new play.

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